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and mitch mcconnell tangled over reid's plan to go nuclear and blow up traditional senate rules. it all stems from continued efforts of republicans to block president obama's appointments. this has been going on for years now literally. reid wants to alter the dynamic requiring a simple majority to change senate rules as opposed to the 67 currently needed so that actually something could happen. and to filibuster on an executive branch nominee could be broken with 51 votes instead of the current 60 vote threshold so maybe hopefully joe something could happen, but instead, what we watch is these two guys droning on about how much they don't like each other. >> yeah. you know, harry reid may, in fact, be remembered as a subparma jorty leader presiding over some of the worst days in the history of the senate in modern history. he has been a shadow of what george mitchell was, what bob dole was, what tom daschle was. people even in our time have been. but, if, in fact, howard dean, he is remembered as a less than effective majority leader, it sure as hell won't be because he changed filibus
mitch mcconnell that it was changing the institution, 200 years of congress going out the door, this is a legacy that harry reid have on his tombstone. guest: sometimes it is hard to know what is staged drama for the floor and audience and how much is really intense disagreement between these two senate leaders. keep in mind that the filibuster was not original to the senate. there was no filibuster of george washington's nominees or most of the 19th century. we do not have filibusters of cabinet level nominees until very recently. it is hard to know whether we totally ruled -- totally ruined the senate by doing away with filibusters area -- with filibusters. host: it will take place on guest: guest: monday, how unusual is that? it is unusual for both parties to meet behind closed doors. they did in the run-up to the impeachment child -- impeachment trial for president clinton. host: what do you think the atmosphere will be like? we heard it is a tough time for lawmakers to be here but it is 6:00 in the evening and the session is earlier in the day. guest: republicans have been
today on the senate floor, majority leader reid and mitch mcconnell discussed the issue. here's a look. >> mr. president? the republican leader spent a great deal of time in the importance of keeping one's word. i agree without any question that senators and everyone else should keep their word. i also believe that a deal is a deal, a contract is a contract, and an arrangement is an arrangement, a bargain is a bargain. as long as each party to such an agreement holds up his end of the bargain, senators should stick to their word. an agreement is a two-way street. if one party fails to uphold their end, the agreement, of course, is null and void. republican leader wants everyone to believe he's made many statements on the floor that i have not responded to. that i have broken my word, but recall his own commitment, his own words. remember, an agreement is a two-way street. let's take a closer look at what the republican leader committed to do. let's look at the agreement we entered into together on the floor of this body of the united states senate. in a call qee, i amended not to exten
that was heatedly discussed on the floor of the senate just yesterday between senator harry reid and senator mitch mcconnell. senator reid has said he intends to change the rules of the senate, to end the ability of the minority to filibuster which is a long and hallowed tradition in the senate. what do we think about that? here is what a certain senator said about this not too long ago. the filibuster is not a theme and is not new. it is far from a procedural gimmick. it is part of the fabric of this institution we call the senate. it was well known in colonial legislatures before we became a country and it is an integral part of our country's 214 year history. the tours have used this to stand up to presidents. -- senators have used this to stand up to president. the roots of the filibuster are in the constitution and in our own rules for there is no way that i would employ or use a nuclear option. in it would ruin our country. in fact, breaking the rules to change the rules is on american." senator harry reid said that back in 2005. to do his oneduled american act for a vote on monday in the ol
. but they didn't feel they could take on the minority leader, mitch mcconnell, in a procedural issue. and so it's become clear it has to be done in a partisan way but not in a politically partisan way. that is, this will be healthy for the entire country. the ideas that we've been putting forward will be good when we're in the minority or the majority. they are fair. and on the legislative side, it still gives you a chance to filibuster. on the nomination side, it still gives everyone a vote. by the way, i'll answer the main critique here which will say, wait, if democrats in the minority, don't you need to keep the hurdle in place to keep a bad president and a bad republican majority from putting, making bad things happen? well, here's the thing. don't think for a moment that the republican colleagues will not change the rules when they're in that position of power. >> yeah. >> in 2005, in 2005 when the democrats were filibustering judges, republicans said this: they said either stand down and quit filibustering, or we're changing the rules to simple majority on judges. and what pursued was a
senator mitch mcconnell of kentucky said a few years ago. direct quote -- "the senate has repeatedly adjusted its rules as circumstances dictate. the first senate adopted its rules by majority which specifically provided a means to end debate simply by a simple majority vote. this was the first senate at the beginning of our country. that was the ability to move the previous question and end debate. this is not the first time a minority of senators upset a tradition and we intend to use article 1, section 5 to reform senate procedure by simple majority vote." that is what senator mcconnell said. now, mr. president, the interesting thing here is my friend talks as if, gee, this has never been done before. but the fact is it's been done many, many times. since 1977 it's been done 18 times, about twice every year. i think that's pretty interesting. let's see where those figures are. right here, yeah. it's happened 18 times just since 1977. december 12, 1979. november 9, 1979. march 5, 1980. june 11, 1980. june 10, 1980. another time in 1980. 19 # 6, 1985, 1997, 1996, 1999, 2000, 2011. t
george w. bush where they waited 175 days. republicans are digging in their heels. mitch mcconnell has said if reid using the nuclear option he'll go down in history as being the worst leader of the senate ever. the white house in a bit of a tricky spot because when president obama was a senator back in 2005 he said he was opposed to the nuclear option and would only increase the partisan fighting. the white house is saying times are different and obstructionism is at a new level. here is what jay carney had to say. take a listen. >> we have highly qualified executive branch nominees on the hill, their nominations on hill who have continued to obstructed who have been held up over 100 days. that's not how the system should work. when it comes to next steps we defer to senator reid. >> reporter: just to be clear, this is something that reid is threatening to do. it hasn't happened yet. he could face difficulty within his own party. there are some democratic who is said they are not sure they would support the nuclear option. they will be back at it on monday. as you pointed out this fig
demonstration on the senate floor when the two leaders, mitch mcconnell and the republican leader harry reid, the democratic leader were fighting over the potential for changing filibuster rules which democrats might want to do to get some of the president's appointees through more quickly. republicans have been holding them up and it triggered this bit of trash talk which was greater than i've seen in a long time. take a listen to this. >> these are dark days in the history of the senate. we witnessed the majority leader break his word to the united states senate. >> no matter how often my friend rudely talks about me not breaking my word, i'm not going to respond talking about how many times he's broken his word. >> what the majority leader has been saying here all along is he wants the confirmation process to be speedy, and for the minority to sit down and shut up. and if we don't pull back from the brink here, my friend, the majority leader, will be remembered as the worst leader of the senate ever. >> there is lots of time for name calling. i'm going to continue to try to speak in a ton
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